Um . . .
No thanks. It’s not that I don’t want the GOP in charge, it’s just I’ve never seen running against a personality to be an effective approach. God knows Jim Marshall would be toast in GA-08 if running against Nancy Pelosi were a winning strategy. And perhaps we don’t need to make it about incumbent personalities, but actual, factual, challengers to Democrat incumbents. Oh, and, unless | Read More »
Democrats, GOP both want Pelosi out of DC.
The former is claiming that having a Speaker with a 39% approval rating will only help the Democrats in swing districts: The vice chairman of the House Democrats’ campaign arm says Speaker Nancy Pelosi could play a critical role in the 2010 elections, and not the one that Republicans have in mind. GOP strategists have been signaling that they intend to make the San Francisco | Read More »
‘Boehner to Pelosi: Put Up, or Shut Up.’
Whoops! I was channeling Maureen Dowd there, for a moment*. Anyway, the title is of course from Hot Air Headlines, and it refers to this story: GOP leader: Pelosi should show proof or apologize WASHINGTON (CNN) — A key Republican leader demanded Sunday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi produce evidence to back up her assertion that she was misled by the CIA on the use | Read More »
John Boehner on AIG
The Republicans are in a fighting mood:
GOP Attempt to Freeze Spending, Strip Earmarks from Omnibus Fails in House
Update: An emailer points out that the 54 Rs and Ds who abstained from voting on the motion must have made President Obama, with his history of over 100 “present” votes in the Illinois state legislature, very proud. Minority Leader John Boehner’s Motion to Recommit, which would have frozen federal spending at current levels and stripped the 9,000 un-reviewed earmarks from the $410,000,000,000.00 omnibus spending | Read More »
BREAKING: House Republicans to Force Vote on Spending Freeze, Stripping of Earmarks from Omnibus
We’ve received word that House Republicans plan to force a vote this morning on a spending freeze that would lock in federal spending at current levels and strip the $410,000,000,000.00 “omnibus” spending bill of all 9,000 “un-scrutinized earmarks.” Though certain to fail, this is another laudable move from a GOP minority that unanimously opposed the nearly $1,000,000,000,000.00 in pork-barrel waste that made up President Obama’s | Read More »
Congratulations to Eric Cantor and John Boehner
If there ever were a time that we needed effective Republican leadership, it would be in this Porkulus bill effort. Even the “pared down” seven hundred billion dollars ($700,000,000,000) is a ridiculous amount of money, and will pave the way for a try at a tax hike, so it’s been essential that we Republicans step back and force the Democrats alone to own that bill. | Read More »
Draft of ‘Stimulus’ Is Chock Full of Spending
Republicans hadn’t even wrapped up their economic hearing this morning with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (read his testimony) and former eBay chief executive Meg Whitman when congressional Democrats released the first version of their so-called stimulus. And to no one’s surprise, it’s full of government spending that will do little to boost economic growth. (Read it here and here.) Despite a promise from President-elect | Read More »
Wanted: Skeptical Economists
According to the Associated Press, ‘only one outside economist contacted by Obama aides… voiced skepticism about the need for an economic stimulus.’ It turns out that that economist was Greg Mankiw (whose blog you ought to bookmark), and he advised President Bush — so his opinion is apparently of questionable value anyway. With that in mind, House Republican Leader John Boehner wants to hear from | Read More »
BREAKING: Don Young Withdraws
I reported this morning John Boehner told Don Young ($-AK) that Young would be opposed as ranking member on the Natural Resources Committee. House sources tell me Don Young has decided to withdraw from consideration for the position. This is great news.
John Boehner Stands Up to Don Young
This is some big news being leaked to RedState by a source on Capitol Hill. In a meeting yesterday afternoon, John Boehner informed Rep. Don Young that Boehner would not support Young’s candidacy to remain Ranking Member on the House Natural Resources Committee. It is very unlikely the Steering Committee will support Young either, which means he is toast. This is a great, great sign | Read More »
Big 3 Bailout Unlikely?
Blackhedd has given an excellent analysis of where the Big 3 bailout stands, and why Congressional leaders are having a hard time building support for quick action. It therefore should come as no surprise that House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer is now warning automakers that Congress will not act unless leaders reach a bipartisan agreement in the next few days: House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer | Read More »
There appears to be a pleasant Republican shake-up going up on Capitol Hill. After last election, Republicans re-elected the team that lost everything, minus the NRCC making Tom Cole (R-Ok.) the chairman. The Senate: National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee. According to Politico, current NRSC Chairman Senator John Ensign (R-NV) is moving to the Republican Policy Committee. This opens the seat up to a race between | Read More »
The definition of insanity is doing the same failed thing over and over expecting a different result
Here’s where I am on the House and Senate GOP leadership races. The whole lot of them should be rounded up and hanged. Slowly. When you lose two elections in a row, you pull out the ginsu knife and go for seppuku. Honor demands it. Real leaders know when to get out of the way. People too comfortable to be effective do not. That said, | Read More »
Boehner Seeks Re-Election as Republican Leader
Congressman John Boehner announced this morning that he will again seek the position of Republican Leader in the new Congress. Here is the text of his message to Republican colleagues: November 5, 2008 Dear House GOP Colleague, The 2008 election turned out to be every bit as tough for Republicans as we thought it could be. The American people have spoken. We respect their choice. | Read More »